4X4CLT — Poetry+Art Poster Series

We’re taking poetry out of books and art off gallery walls and bringing them to you.

4X4CLT is Charlotte Lit’s poetry+art showcase series. Four times a year, in April, June, September and December, we release four different posters featuring four poems and four works of art. For each release, a reading and celebration will be held with featured poets and artists. After each event, the posters are displayed in public places throughout the city—coffee shops, waiting rooms, libraries, storefronts.

To display these posters in your place of business, send a request to series curator Lisa Zerkle:  lisaz@charlottelit.org.

Have you seen a 4X4CLT poster at a favorite hangout?  Snap a picture and tag CharlotteLit on Instagram!

4X4CLT is made possible by a generous grant from the Arts & Science Council.

Printing partner:  Boingo Graphics
Design partner:  Jennifer Garrison

Poet & Artists

“American Sonnet “Aryans, Betty Crocker, Bettye LaVette,”

Poem “American Sonnet “Aryans, Betty Crocker, Bettye LaVette,” from AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN by Terrance Hayes, copyright ©2018 by Terrance Hayes. Used by permission of Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Art “Can I Live” 2014, mixed media collage by J. Stacy Utley, copyright ©2014 by J. Stacy Utley. Reprinted with permission of the artist. www.jstacyutley.com

“American Sonnet “Probably, ghosts are allergic to us. Our uproarious,”

Poem “American Sonnet “Probably, ghosts are allergic to us. Our uproarious,” from AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN by Terrance Hayes, copyright ©2018 by Terrance Hayes. Used by permission of Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Art “The State of Things 1607,” 2016, mixed media on paper, 40 3/4” x 30” by Susan Brenner, copyright ©2016 by Susan Brenner. Courtesy of the artist and Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art. www.susanbrenner.net

“American Sonnet “I lock you in an American sonnet that is part prison,”

Poem “American Sonnet “I lock you in an American sonnet that is part prison,” from AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN by Terrance Hayes, copyright ©2018 by Terrance Hayes. Used by permission of Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Art “The State of Things 1609,” 2016, mixed media on paper, 41 ¼” x 29 ¼” by Susan Brenner, copyright ©2016 by Susan Brenner. Courtesy of the artist and Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art. www.susanbrenner.net

“American Sonnet “My mother says I am beautiful inside,”

Poem “American Sonnet “My mother says I am beautiful inside,” from AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN by Terrance Hayes, copyright ©2018 by Terrance Hayes. Used by permission of Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Art “Requiem for Mother Emanuel” 2016, mixed media collage by J. Stacy Utley, copyright ©2016 by J. Stacy Utley. Reprinted with permission of the artist. www.jstacyutley.com

Poster Hosts

We’re grateful to our gracious hosts who provide their walls as gallery space for 4X4CLT in support of public art in the Charlotte area:

Ayrsley/Steele Creek
Ayrsley Grand Cinema 14
Carolina Beer Temple
The Peaceful Dragon
Steele Creek Branch, Public Library

Ballantyne
Sunflour Baking Company

Beatties Ford
Beatties Ford Branch, Public Library
Bette Rae Recreation Center
Enderly Coffee
Northwest School of the Arts
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center

Camp North End
Goodyear Arts

Davidson
Main Street Books, Davidson
Moxie Mercantile

Dilworth/Myers Park
Paper Skyscraper
Regal Manor Twin Theatre
Theatre Charlotte
Queens University of Charlotte
Yoga One

Elizabeth
Central Piedmont Community College, Main Campus
Earl’s Grocery
Sunflour Baking Company
The Bag Lady
The Third Place Coffee
Villani’s Bakery

Freemore West
Hygge Coworking
Rhino Market
Yoga for Life
West Boulevard Branch, Public Library

Gastonia/Kings Mountain
Gaston Public Library
Hive Design/Stationery/Gifts
Loray Mill, Alfred C. Kessell History Center
Southern Arts Society

Harrisburg
Sunflour Baking Company

Matthews/Pineville
Carolina Beer Temple
CrossFit Jane
Independence Branch, Public Library
Temple Mojo Growler Shop

Misenheimer
Pfeiffer University

Montford/Park Road
Movement Dialogues
Park Road Books
Pasta & Provisions

NoDa
Birdsong Brewing
Free Range Brewing
NoDa Bodega
NoDa Company Store
popbar
Pura Vida Worldly Art
Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

Plaza Midwood
Armada Skate Shop
Book Buyers
Boris & Natasha
CLTCH
FROCK Shop
FuManChu Cupcakes
Gear Goat Exchange
Legion Brewing
The Light Factory
Lunchbox Records
Moxie Mercantile
Pilot Brewing
Plaza Midwood Branch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Pure Pizza
Resident Culture Brewing Company
Tuft
Two Scoops Creamery
Undercurrent Coffee
Yoga One

South End
C3 Lab
Golden Cow Creamery
Lincoln’s Haberdashery
Red Clay Ciderworks
Triple C Brewing
Vin Master
Wooden Robot

Southpark
Golden Cow Creamery
Myers Park High School

University
UNC Charlotte

Uptown
Hygge Coworking
Johnson and Wales University Library
Main Library
Rhino Market
7th Street Public Market

Wendover/Monroe Rd
Julia’s Cafe & Books
Time Out Youth

Wilmore
Pasta & Provisions